La Source

Isabelle Aubret

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"La source" ("The Spring") was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968, performed in French by Isabelle Aubret. This was Aubret's second appearance on the Eurovision stage, in 1962 she had won the Contest with "Un premier amour". In turn, one of the lyricists of "La source", Guy Bonnet, would return to the Contest as an artist in 1970 and 1983, singing "Marie-Blanche" and "Vivre" respectively. "La source" was performed tenth on the night, following Finland's Kristina Hautala with "Kun kello käy" and preceding Italy's Sergio Endrigo with "Marianne". At the close of voting, it had received 20 points, placing 3rd in a field of 17. The song deals - unusually for songs at the time, especially in the Contest - with the topic of rape, with Aubret describing such an event in some detail. Aubret also recorded the song in German, then under the title "Such' mich dort, wo die Sonne scheint". It was succeeded as French representative at the 1969 Contest by Frida Boccara with "Un jour, un enfant". 


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Elle chante au milieu du bois,
La Source et je me demande,
S'il faut croire à cette légende
D'une fille qu'on y trouva

Elle était blonde elle était douce
Elle aimait à se reposer
Dans le bois couchée sur la mousse
Ecoutant les oiseaux chanter
Un jour qu'elle allait à la ville
Par le bois où elle passait
Elle vit soudain, immobiles,
Trois hommes qui la regardaient
Trois hommes qui la regardaient

Elle chante au milieu du bois,
La Source et je me demande,
S'il faut croire à cette légende
D'une fille qu'on y trouva

Ils étaient là trois à l'attendre
Trois hommes loups cette brebis
Elle avait la chair bien trop tendre
Ils avaient bien trop d'appétit
Elle ne savait pas défendre
Le souffle léger de sa vie
Elle tomba sur l'herbe tendre
Comme un oiseau tombe du nid
Comme un oiseau tombe du nid

Elle chante au milieu du bois,
La Source et je me demande,
S'il faut croire à cette légende
D'une fille qu'on y trouva

Quand on l'a soulevée de terre
Comme une grande fleur coupée
Sa robe blanche et la lumière
On aurait dit une mariée
Quand on l'a soulevée de terre
On aurait dit comme un grand lit
Entre les feuilles, entre les pierres,
Une claire source a jailli
Une claire source a jailli

Elle chante au milieu du bois
La source, et je me demande
S'il faut croire à cette légende
D'une fille qu'on y trouva.

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Isabelle Aubret

Isabelle Aubret (born 27 July 1938) is a French singer. Born as Thérèse Coquerelle in Lille, France, she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 representing France and singing "Un premier amour" ("A first love"), with music composed by Claude-Henri Vic and lyrics by Roland Stephane Valade. In 1968, she returned to the contest, again representing France, finishing third, and singing "La source" (The Spring) with music by Daniel Faure and lyrics by Henri Dijan, and Guy Bonnet.Aubret was a participant in the French national heats for Eurovision in other years. Her first attempt was in 1961 with the song "Le gars de n'importe où". She was awarded second place. Another runner-up spot came Aubret's way in 1970 when she teamed up with Daniel Bératta for the song "O… more »

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Written by: GUY BONNET, HENRI DJIAN, DANIEL FAURE

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